He got run over by a Waymo.
Seriously though, anyone who understands Google’s ad business (and ancillary businesses, like Waymo and Nest) knows they will never voluntarily provide a complete opt-out to data tracking.
On the bright side, I used to bike commute near their self driving cars. They certainly have GB’s of 3D full body scans of me wearing spandex. I hope it gives their AI nightmares.
In the sense that they lack the will or in the sense that it's a technical impossibility? I think there's a lot of detail in the definition of the term "complete opt-out to data tracking" that needs clarification to evaluate a statement like that.
(For one thing, your Waymo joke is kinda serious. ;) )
I find the opposite is true. I have no use for my search history, but I like to see my timeline to help me remember. I have a bad memory. Looking up past events, trips I took, places I've been and the context of my old photos is important to me.
So my question is, why does CNET want me to delete my timeline but not my search and app usage history? My location data is of no use to them, (but it is of use to me,) so location data is "creepy" but my search history is very important to keep? Huh? Why exactly? Why do I need to remember that 2 months ago I searched for "python ppa ubuntu"? Useless. Delete it please.
(I'm a huge fan of ExifTool: I wrote both the ruby and node wrappers for it!)
FWIW I will be adding this location extrapolation to PhotoStructure at some point soon, as all my dSLR images don't have GPS tags.
"Whether you have an iPhone ( $699 at Apple ) or Android phone, Google Maps logs everywhere you go, the route you take to get there, when you arrive and what time you leave -- even if you never open the app."
Where iPhone link actually is an affilate link to Apple Store which (I assume) pays money to CNet for advertising it.
Am I the only one that considers this a bit suspect? Especially in an article that's talking about Apple's competitor?
I keep waiting for the day I’m filling out one of their captchas and after a couple failed attempts it’ll say, “c’mon, (my actual name), you know what a traffic light looks like”.
At the beginning they actively discouraged these, but in the end they gave up and make multiple personal profiles supported. Of course the have our uber-profile, after all, I situations where multiple Gmail accounts in one phone are shared by different people must be extremely rare. So I guess they embraced it and try to learn more about the user by analyzing how these different accounts are used.
Regardless, it seems like a pointless exercise. Besides the easier to find 'privacy' settings that Google makes available, you can actually request to download ALL the data Google has on you. Last time I tried, I filled out the form and the reply is that Google will need almost a week of time to gather the data, upon which they sent me a link to download a massive (several GB) log file.
So let me get this straight. I supposedly deleted ALL my data in the privacy settings. Just five minutes later I can then download the GB of data they still have on me?
I'm guessing the easier to find privacy settings don't do much at all except delete some advertiser ID that is used a primary key in their main caches, used with cookies and on Android.
On the other hand, using more complex analytics, they could easily put together a profile of every single bit of data they've got on my for the last 10 years.
That subtitle is misinformation, and so is the underlying premise of much of that story, as:
1. All of the data Google collects is passed on to the NSA (if not also elsewhere), which will obviously not delete it.
2. The fact that the information stops appearing as part of your account does not mean it is properly deleted from Google's servers for their own internal use (and perhaps more 3rd party sharing).
3. The results of _processing_ your collected personal data - even mildly - are not part of what you see on your profile, and you're not issuing a command to delete all that.
This is obviously false, given that the Snowden leaks showed the NSA literally tapping wires between Google datacenters. They wouldn't need to do this if everything was shipped to the NSA already.
Curious the source of this factoid.
but you're right in the sense that the NSA has access to the data; it is up to it whether or not it copies and how much. But a safe assumption is "everything".
While Google is still a huge target, there isn't any evidence that its internal systems are actually compromised now by the NSA.
facebook is the same but due to its nature it does it only via its social sharing widgets that people put on their websites and the embedded comments and things like that.
google's cdn is the most dangerous of these things.